The Family Violence Bill 2018 in Victoria, Australia creates a new statutory authority enshrined in legislation, Respect Victoria, which will work to address gender inequality as a root cause of family violence.
The new prevention organisation, will work to change the attitudes, social norms and culture that lead to family violence and violence against women.
The agency fulfils Recommendation 188 of the Royal Commission into Family Violence, and forms part of the first pillar of the Government’s primary prevention strategy, Free from violence. The organisation will lead on two pillars of the strategy: research and evaluation, and community engagement.
The Bill's third reading was passed on 9 August 2018. The Explanatory Memorandum of the bill is also included.